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Walk Reports Page 4

A Walk around the Stackpole Estate by Madeleine Bland

18 Pembrokeshire Ramblers met on 5th January for a leisurely 5 mile walk around the Stackpole Estate. The walk began at the picturesque Stackpole Cheriton church and followed the red bridleway down Cheriton Bottom before crossing into Lodge Park. The group then followed the footpath to the Ice House, a structure which allowed the residents of the now demolished Stackpole House to keep produce fresh using ice from the rivers.

The walkers returned to the grassy area near the Courtyard flats (former stable) where lunch was taken and the ramblers were able to see the new Interpretation Centre. They then walked along the lake to the 8 Arch Bridge before returning to Lodge Park and crossing into Castle Dock Wood. Returning to Cheriton Bottom via forest tracks the walk was completed by using the recently cleared mountain bike tracks on the west side of the valley. There was little sign of bike use but the paths proved popular with the walkers as they give fine views of the valley below as we returned to the car park.

Text and images by Madeleine Bland.

Ramblers Cross the County Line with John Reeves

Twenty one Ramblers set out at 10.30 on Saturday morning for a 7.5 mile walk in Carmarthenshire. Starting from Marros church and War Memorial the route was south along the Pilgrims Way to connect with the Wales Coast Path. From here it was east through a small woodland on to the open moorland above Marros Sands. The day was clear with excellent views of Tenby and Caldey Island to the west and The Worms Head and the Gower Peninsula to the east.  

On reaching the bay before Gilman Point, the beach access road led inland away from the Coast path to the main Amroth to Pendine road at Green Bridge.  After a short walk going east along the road the walkers took the first track on the right leading north through woods and open fields to the dwellings at Pwll. “Many thanks to the house owner at Pwll who allowed us to eat our lunch in his garden”.   

Those who opted for the shorter 5 mile walk left the main group at this point, while the remaining eighteen continued on the path to the open moorland of Marros Mountain.

After following the path north for about 1.5 miles across the moor to fields, the route was  south along the fence line to a boundary wall running south east beside the forestry plantation and onto open moorland. The track then led back to the road and the start point at Marros church. The weather was dry and ground conditions were excellent for this time of year.  Those walkers who wished retired to the New Inn at Amroth for refreshments.

Text and images by John Reeves.